Henry Rollins, Showstopper Improvised Musical Fringe Reviews

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

As promised, here are a few more brief thoughts on shows I checked out today. I'd expect more on Wednesday and Friday. Then, here's counting down to the 2011 Fringe.

Henry Rollins Frequent Flyer Tour
Venue: Udderbelly’s Pasture
Time: 2050

Like most American performers, Henry is full of regret about his country and many of his fellow citizens. The former Black Flag front man offers a stage presence that is menacing, yet at the same time captivating and informative. Rather than let politics dominate his show to the extent of say, Jello Biafra, Henry gives us a snapshot into his life and living in California. Tales of travel and his role in Sons of Anarchy pepper a varied melting pot that manages more laughs than most Fringe comedians with an added kick.

Showstopper The Improvised Musical
Venue: Gilded Balloon Debating Hall
Time: 2250

One of many improvised Fringe musicals you can experience this year. No two shows promise to be the same and are guided by suggestions from the audience. This means you could have a night of brilliance or student in-jokes depending on attendees. Tonight we had a tale of prehistoric bounty hunters, killing dinosaurs, tribal love squabbles and 'get your rocks off' to round off the show. 

Throw everything into the mix and eventually something will provoke an audience reaction. This scattergun approach resulted in a musical of highs and lows. Good, but I'd still want to see another night just to establish how much improvisation is on display against a repetitive template. 

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